Hand & Nail Care
Whiter Nails....use denture cleanser tablets to whiten
nails. Just soak your nails for about 5 minutes or so, and they
come out white and clean.
Yellow Nails?...Use baking soda and water and use a wash
rag to rub it onto your nails for about 30 seconds per nail. It
will strip all the yellow out.
Cuticles.. A little VO 5 rubbed in around the cuticles
daily will help keep your cuticles and nails healthy..
- To get a little more life out of your favorite nail polish
color add in some clear polish.
How To Give Yourself A Manicure
Whether you prefer your nails to be long or
short, they can still look stunning with a little know-how.
- Wash and dry your hands.
- Using a double-sided emery board,
file nails using a gentle stroke. Avoid corners of your nails as this
can weaken them.
- Begin to shape your nails. The most
popular shape to use is oval, but choose what is most suited to your
hand and finger shape.
- Check to see how well you have done.
Run your nails over an old pair of pantyhose. Your nails should not
snag the hose.
- Apply a softener to your cuticles.
- Transfer hands to a
bowl of warm water and soak for a few minutes.
- Gently push back the cuticles. This
should not be painful. If hangnails are present, carefully clip them.
- Apply hand lotion and begin to
massage the palm of your hand with the thumb of your other hand. This
will help to circulate the blood. Work your way over the remainder of
the hand and then repeat giving equal time to the other hand.
- Before color is applied to nails,
they must be cleaned and the easiest way to do this is with an orange
stick that has been wrapped with cotton. Dip into nail polish remover
and then rub over the surface of the nail. Check the nail for any
creamy residue. When none remains, your nails will be ready for
- Time for color. Pick up a small
amount of polish on your brush and paint one stroke down the center of
your nail. Your brush should hold just enough color to accomplish
this. Stroke the sides of the nail and you are done. The nail should
be completely colored in three strokes. Allow to set for a minute or
so before applying the second coat.
- Wait until polish is set (dry to the
touch) and then apply the top coat. Don't skip this step as it not
only adds life to your manicure, it will protect your nails as well.
- Sanitize all of your equipment with
alcohol and when they are dry, store them away until the next
Nail polish can be stored
in the fridge.
If your nail polish is too thick, try thinning with a polish
To prevent the cap from sticking, coat it with a little Vaseline
to prevent this from happening.
To whiten your nails, try
Use a common whitening toothpaste. Try scrubbing your nails with
Pearl Drops, it's just as easy as achieving a pearly white smile
and will take away any stains and shine up your nails.
Soak your nails in water with lemon juice or lemon slices. The
lemon acts as an astringent and will strip away stains. Once
your hands are dry, you'll only need to put on a couple of coats
of a clear topcoat.
Hand Care Tips and Recipes
By Brenda Hyde
For those of you who are
do-it-yourself fanatics like I am, our hands are always getting rough
treatment. Between gardening, cleaning, painting and puttering around
they get exposed to a lot. What can we do to make sure they don't look
like they've through a boxing match without gloves? Gentle care is the
key. Wear gloves whenever possible so your hands aren't exposed to
cleaning products, dirt and paint. Now that I've said that, I'll admit
this is a hard one to do 100% of the time, but do try.
Hand cream is another must have for your hands. Keep it
in the bathroom, the bedroom and the kitchen. Use it!
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Take care of your nails
too. This starts with drinking enough water and eating a healthy diet.
But here are a few more tips:
NEVER cut your cuticles.
Keep them from drying out by using a good hand cream and hand soaks,
then push them gently back with a cuticle/orange stick. Once you do this
if you notice any white residue you can gently rub the area to remove
this, but no cutting.
When you do cut your
nails or hang nails make sure the clippers and other tools are very
sharp so they don't tear as you trim. Always trim neat and clean-not too
deep. Once you get them cut, try filing weekly instead of cutting. Use
the file in one direction to avoid splitting and use a good quality
file. If you maintain your nails this way you may not have cut them. Use
gentle hand treatments to soften your skin and your cuticles. Here are a
few you can make yourself:
Rosewater Hand Massage
1 tsp. glycerin
1 tsp. lemon juice
5 drops rose water
Mix together and keep in a small bottle. Use to massage your hands
for 15-30 minutes. Don't forget the cuticles!
1 cup bottled water
juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
10 drops lemon essential oil
Mix all together and
use as a finger soak for about ten minutes on each hand.
Nail Manicure Treatment
1 Tbsp. distilled water, slightly warmed
1 Tbsp. witch hazel
1 1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. alum powder
Mix above in a glass
bowl. Soak nails for 10-15 minutes, occasionally massaging cuticles
gently. Rinse with cool water. Use for both hands, then discard.
One Minute Manicure
Pamper your Hands!
one minute manicure
About the Author
Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer, editor, herb gardener and mother to
three children. For more herb recipes and tips visit
The Garden Path
Beautiful Nails Made Easy
By Linda Buttle
Everyone wants nails to be proud of so if yours
are less than perfect here are a few quick tips to get them in great
condition in no time.
Apply nail varnish remover before doing your nails even if donít need
to remove any old polish, it prepares the nails by removing any grease
so that your polish will last longer.
If youíre having trouble achieving the perfect French
Manicure try using a white nail pencil underneath the nail tip instead
of white polish youíll find itís much easier
Give your nail varnish plenty of time for each layer
to dry to ensure a lasting finish.
If youíre likely to get impatient waiting around opt
for a quick drying formula like LancŰme Vernis Instant Magnetic or
LíOreal Jet Set Always wipe the top of the nail varnish bottle with a
cotton bud to get rid of any excess polish, this will prevent the
bottle from becoming glued shut
Lots of beauty companies have nail polishes available
with matching lip color for whose seeking a totally coordinated look,
ask at your local beauty counter
Remember itís much better to apply lots of thin coats
of color rather that one thick one, it will dry quicker and last
Try not to remove and reapply polish more than once or
twice a week, as it will dry out your nails.
Choosing a remover with built in moisturizers will
help limit the damage
A hand massage will boost your circulation and
encourage nail growth and is the perfect way to pamper yourself.
Linda Buttle is a freelance journalist
specializing in beauty, health and fitness for both magazines and
How To Do Your Nails Fast
When you are in a rush, decisions have to be
made. Prioritize. Do you shape or polish? Do you quick-dry or go the
long, slow route? New formulas allow for snap decisions:
Speed-dry enamels are
worthy of their name (you can open mail, search for keys, or put on
your tightest long-sleeved shirt within seconds), but there's a
downside: "As fast as they dry, that's as fast they chip," insists
manicurist Elisa Ferri, so save them for emergencies.
Eke a few extra days out of a fast-dry manicure by
doing a daily touch-up with a quick-drying coat.In the other corner,
there are strong, chip-resistant formulas - the tortoise of the polish
To pick up the pace of these tougher enamels, like
L'Oreal Shock Proof, carefully submerge freshly painted nails in a
bowl of ice-cold water for 30 seconds to harden still-goopy polish.
Light or sheer shades are best for hasty manicures,
Ferri says. "You can even get away with just a wide stripe down the
center" rather than painstakingly painting the entire nail.
If a manicure is beyond the repair of a topcoat or
two, face facts and call in the remover.
You can keep single-use packets of nail polish remover
(Cutex and Get Fresh make them) on hand so you can strip away color on
When there is no time for polish, just clean
underneath the nails, rub on a buffing cream, and shine them with a
Doing Your Nails at Home
Keeping your natural nails looking excellent
takes work. If you donít do the work, your nails can suffer from
problems such as stains, nail biting, splitting, white marks or ridges.
All of these are very serious problems which an article in the In Style
magazine talks about.
Stains- this can come from different sources like wearing dark
color nail polish or nicotine for starters. To remedy this, use a base
coat so the dark color wonít stain your nails or letting your nails soak
in denture-cleaning tablets for a few minutes.
Nail Biting -If you bite your nails, not only will you nails
never grow, but they will look really bad. Some tips are to carry an
emery board with you so you will have a way to fix your nails without
biting them. Another way is to apply a bitter-tasting nail cream, which
will remind you that if you bite them, you wont like the taste.
White Marks- this can be caused by injury or pressure to the nail
matrix. The nail matrix is the area under the cuticle where the new
growth happens. Unfortunately, you canít get rid of them but you can
cover it up with a dark color.
Ridges- this is caused from picking and pushing at your nails.
Before applying your nail polish, buff the nail surface then wipe the
dust away and apply a coat of ridge filler.
Splitting- brittle nails can be caused by genetics, mishandling
of your nails like over filling and buffing. To strengthen your nails,
you can take biotin tablets and apply hardener.
Have the correct tools on hand and to avoid activities that may hurt
Wear gloves indoors and outdoors- wear rubber gloves when doing
household work and going outside especially during the winter time so
you wont lose moisture.
Replenish lost oil- apply lotion
into your nails and cuticles after you wash your hands.
Wear Polish- it works as a
barrier for your nails. The polish you use should have polyester
resins and use acetone-free nail polish remover.
File in One Direction Only-
filing back and forth is bad because this frays and weakness the
nails. File your nails in one direction only for the best results.
Keep your nails short
Manicure after a bath. it is
best to do your manicure after you take a bath because your nails are
Slather on moisturizer before bed- this
keeps your nails stronger. The moisturizer will become more powerful
if you put gloves on at night